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It’s that time of year. You walk into the farm store and it is the first thing you hear. You follow the sound, and you are lead to little chirping bundles of joy. Baby chicks, all fluffy and cute. You can’t resist. You give in to the cuteness and buy some. Or, maybe you look […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm If you’ve been following me here on Community Chickens, the Iron Oak Farm Facebook Page or on our You Tube Channel, I’ve been documenting the progression of our Black Spanish turkey hatch. I’ve been sharing videos and photos covering each step of this exciting time. Some of the […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols ~ the garden-roof coop Constructing a brooder for your first flock of chicks can be as simple as a cardboard box or plastic storage container, but you’ll soon discover that those cute fluffy chicks grow at an incredible rate! Overnight they double in size and the brooder seems to get smaller and […]Read more »
by Heather Nicholson of Scratch Cradle When you get your chicks home from the post office or feed store, they will need you to provide water, food, and warmth. Like a mother hen, you will care for each chick to make sure they are safe, well-fed, and warm so that they can grow up healthy […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell The other day I was at the grocery store. I hate grocery shopping, so I always make a list so I can get what I need and get out of there as fast as possible. Sometimes I feel like grocery shopping is like bumper boats with shopping carts, only you have to […]Read more »
In my recent post “How to Prepare for Successful Chick Brooding,” I shared my method of providing heat when brooding our first batch of baby chicks. We used a heat lamp and successfully raised those heritage breed hens. We are reaping the rewards every day when collecting fresh eggs from the nest boxes. When we […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Brooding a batch of chicks is akin to bringing home a newborn child. No matter how many books you have read or people you have talked to, the best experience you gather will come firsthand. Caring for a tiny living being that counts their lifetime in hours or days instead or years […]Read more »
by Paul Gardener – Photographed by Paul Gardener Chickens’ needs are few: food, water, shelter and ideally, a perch on which to roost. But folks raising chicks know the youngsters’ requirements are different. In addition to food and water, they need an adequate heat source and protection from drafts. Baby chicks grow fast, so you […]Read more »
By Oscar Hank Will III — Feature photo by Vicki Reid Hatching chicken eggs and raising chicks isn’t as difficult as you may think. People have been doing it for thousands of years without the technology we have available today. Whether you actually incubate fertile eggs or simply purchase day-old chicks, there’s every reason to […]Read more »